WELCOME TO OHIOKAN

Region 8

Please learn about our region, our partners and services, and all of the resources we have available for you.

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We proudly serve kinship and adoption families throughout the state. Our OhioKAN Region 8 team specifically serves families in our area and is dedicated to making sure you get the resources you deserve.

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COUNTIES SERVED

Belmont


Carroll


Coshocton


Guernsey


Harrison


Jefferson


Morgan


Monroe


Muskingum


Noble


Perry


Tuscarawas


Washington


REGION 8 STAFF

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Deb Knaup

DIRECTOR

Deb Knaup

Director, Region 8

Deborah is a well-networked child welfare and social services professional who comes to Kinnect by way of Muskingum County Children Services and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Zanesville. In these two organizations, Deborah has spent the past 10 years developing a passion for serving families in need and building strong relationships within her community. She is the President of her local Kiwanis chapter. Deborah earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Ohio University. Deborah is very eager and enthusiastic about joining Kinnect and seamlessly transitioning her skill set into leading OhioKAN in Region 8!

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Derrick Beitzel

COORDINATOR

Derrick Beitzel

Navigator, The Village Network (Region 8)

Derrick has spent his career working in the mental and behavioral health fields, previously serving as a Child Care Worker for youth and young adults with severe emotional and behavioral needs in residential treatment, as well as a Behavioral Health Technician at Mercy Health, St. Charles Hospital, and a Tech for Community Mental Health’s Crisis Stabilization Unit. He has experience working with those with developmental disabilities at Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities and held the role of Chief of Operations at Alco Services, providing respite care and other services to individuals with developmental disabilities there. Derrick has lived experience and is currently the legal guardian for three children in kinship placement while working on the adoption process. He holds a Master of Arts from Baldwin Wallace College. Derrick is excited to serve as an OhioKAN Navigator at The Village Network in Region 8!

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Michelle Knowlton

NAVIGATOR

Muskingum County

Michelle Knowlton

Navigator, Muskingum County (Region 8)

Michelle previously worked at The Recovery Center in Lancaster and Pathways of Central Ohio in Newark as a Prevention Coordinator, where she educated students on staying healthy and preventing drugs and alcohol abuse. She taught preschool as a Cooperating Lead Teacher at The Ohio State University Newark, and has done volunteer tutoring at the Zanesville Civic League. Michelle has a bachelor’s of science in Human Ecology, Family Relations, and Human Development from The Ohio State University. She is excited to serve with OhioKAN as a Region 8 Navigator for Muskingum County Adult and Child Protective Services.

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Alexis Heinlein

NAVIGATOR

The Village Network

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Alexis Heinlein

Navigator, The Village Network (Region 8)

Alexis comes to OhioKAN from Doctors Hospital Emergency Department in Columbus, where she worked as a Patient Support Assistant. Alexis is a passionate professional with experience working alongside individuals and families navigating vulnerable situations. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University in Human Services with a specialization in children and families. Alexis is eager to be part of the OhioKAN program as a Region 8 Navigator at The Village Network and is looking forward to serving families and creating connections within the community!

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Marlene Emerick

NAVIGATOR

The Village Network

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Marlene Emerick

Navigator, The Village Network (Region 8)

Marlene has experience working in the adoption space as an Adoption Assessor for Harrison & Carroll County Probate Court. As an Adoption Assessor, she prepared home studies for step-parents and private adoptions. Before that, she was a Social Services Supervisor for the Harrison County DJFS in Cadiz, OH. There, she supervised multiple services, including adoption/foster/kinship, intake, ongoing care, and placement. Marlene has a BS from Malone College in Canton, OH. She’s excited about the opportunity to continue to assist adoptive and kinship families!

REGIONAL SITE PARTNERS

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Serving all families

We are 100% committed to making sure every kinship and adoption family in Ohio who is looking for support will get it. No matter who you are or what your circumstances may be — contact us because we are here for you!